The struggling Vic Darensbourg was sent down to Calgary and Armando Almanza was called up to take his spot.
The Marlins scored 8 runs late, to beat the Pirates 8-7. Preston Wilson continued his assault on the team record book by hitting a pinch hit 2-run home run which gave the Marlins the lead for good. Wilson’s 19th home run, a team rookie record, was also his 3rd pinch hit home run of the season, another team record. Antonio Alfonseca struck out the side in the 9th, his eight save in as many chances this season. The win guaranteed the team its first winning month since the September 1997.
Livan Hernandez, the 1997 World Series MVP was traded to the San Francisco Giants for right-handers Jason Grilli, who will be assigned to AAA Calgary, and Nathan Bump, who will pitch at AA. Vladimir Nunez will take Livan’s spot in the rotation and Hector Almonte was promoted to fill in the bullpen vacancy.
Grilli, 22, 6-4, 185 lbs. right handed pitcher is currently 7-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 19 games this season at AAA Fresno. He was rated by Baseball America as the 44th best prospect in baseball and the best in the Giants organization. He was the Giants’ #1 pick in the 1997 June Amateur Draft out of Seton Hall University where he set school records for strikeouts. Bump, 23, 6-3, 185 lbs. right handed pitcher is currently 4-10 with a 3.31 ERA in 17 starts at AA Shreveport. He was rated by Baseball America as the Giants’ fourth best prospect. He was the Giants’ # 1 pick in the 1998 June Amateur Draft out of Penn State University where he set records for wins, starts, innings, and strikeouts.
Chris Clapinski was brought up from AAA and Amaury Garcia was sent down. Cliff Floyd was placed on the 60 day DL.
Pitcher Ryan Moskau was the player to be named later in the Craig Counsell trade.
Marlins score 4 in the top of the ninth to beat the Blue Jays 8-6. Lowell and Millar homered.
On Matt Mantei pin night at Pro Player Stadium, Matt Mantei was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for reliever Vladimir Nunez, top pitching prospect Brad Penny, and a player to be named. The Marlins beat Tampa Bay 11-4.
Strong pitching performance by Alex Fernandez and 17 hits lead the Marlins to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Kevin Orie was placed on the DL. Second Baseman Amaury Garcia was brought up to take his roster spot. Alex Gonzalez will miss two games in Atlanta to join his wife and newborn son, Alex Jr., in Venezuela.
At the midway point of the season, the Marlins are 29-52, a one game improvement from last season.